Curacao

Curacao Capital Willemstad

Blessed with abundant sunshine and centuries-old heritage, Curacao mixes Caribbean zest with European style and blesses the island with multicultural diversity, as well as intriguing music, art, and cuisine.

Perhaps it’s the long sandy beaches or intimate rocky coves, or the “live and let live” atmosphere. Perhaps it’s the colorful coral reefs the circle the island, or the colorful colonial buildings in Willemstad. Perhaps it’s because Curacao truly feels “undiscovered”. Whatever it is about Curacao that attracts you, this Caribbean island is a vacation paradise for just about everyone.

Along with Aruba and Bonaire, Curacao is one of the so-called “ABC Islands,” all part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and all located just off Venezuela. The alluring capital city of Willemstad is one of the Caribbean’s few UNESCO World Heritage sites. Vibrant and cosmopolitan, it has become famous for its pastel-hued buildings, as well as classic architecture straight our of Amsterdam – including windmills!

Boutique clothing and jewelry shops, famous designer goods, electronics, souvenir shops, and specially foods can be found in Willemstad, as well as Curacao liqueur and imported Dutch items like chocolates and Gouda cheese. The cuisine scene reflects the island’s diverse heritage, with Caribbean, African, Dutch, Spanish, French, American, and other flavors – many backed by ocean views! After dark, there are Latin dance parties, casinos, bars, and live music, not to mention the largest and longest-enduring Carnival spectacle in the Caribbean, beginning in early January.

Sun-lovers prize Curacao for its secluded beaches and coves, and divers have discovered the island has some of the best scuba and snorkeling in the world. Strong, steady trade winds make conditions perfect for windsurfing, while catamaran sailing, kayaking, water-skiing, and jet-skiing are also popular.

Some of our suggestions:

* Breezes Resort Spa & Casino Curacao

* Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club

* Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino

Give us a call today to book your vacation escape to Curacao at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

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Martinique

Martinique Island

Isle of Flowers, Rum Capital of the World; no matter what you call Martinique, it’s one of the most alluring and enchanting destinations on the planet – a little bit of France in the Caribbean.

Martinique is small, but its appeal is huge. A land draped with blossoms from orchids to flamingo flowers, is has beautiful sandy beaches ranging in color from crystal white to midnight black, to salt-and-pepper mixes of the two, bordered by the clear, warm waters of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Born from a volcanic eruption, the fertile island showcases lush vegetation, palm beaches, and a varied landscape. The central and northern parts of Martinique are covered with rolling hills and sharp peaks, while the shorelines are smooth and sandy.

The island is governed by France, and much of the culture stems from its French roots. The capital, Fort-de-France, boasts all the luxuries of the French mainland, with fine restaurants and plenty of upscale shopping. Creole customs are dominant. A warm and friendly climate combines with equally warm and friendly people as well as a beautiful landscape to create the perfect island getaway.

And it’s the brilliant beaches that you get away to: Most of them are public, and topless bathing is prevalent. For calm waters, stick to the Caribbean side and expect to pay a fee for entry to some beaches. Scuba divers and snorkelers find fish and coral are abundant near the coast, while sunken ships and deep-water schools await further offshore. For sailors, the bay near Fort-de-France – one of the safest and most beautiful in the Caribbean – has long been a favorite.

French chic and Caribbean spice combine to create a wonderful ambience on this lovely island.

Some of our suggestions:

* Hotel Cap Est Lagoon Resort and Spa

* Hotel Bakoua Martinique

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Top Picks for Family Vacations

Kids Club at Holiday Inn Sunspree in Montego Bay, Jamaica

When it comes to family vacations, finding the perfect resort to keep the kids happy and the parent relaxed can be a little difficult without the professional assistance of a Family Certified Travel Specialist. 

For a resort or hotel to be a great match for the kids, it should offer: 

1)  A great area to play around in, it should be colorful with cartoon themes 

2) Zip down the slides at a towering water park. (Sometimes you may find more adults on the slides than kids- that is what I’ve seen personally) 

3) Explore the shores on a snorkeling adventure 

4) Hone your skills in a video game room 

5) Meet new friends at a club just for kids 

These are just a few things that make the vacation as a family one of the great family getaways. We also know that families come in all sizes, with that in mind we are going to share our selection of resort that can accommodate a family of up to 5! They are few and far between but they are the best in the business when it comes to catering to not only the adults but the little ones as well. 

Here are some of our suggestions in the Caribbean: 

1) Aruba: Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort Aruba 

2) Dominican Republic, Punta Cana: Club Med Punta Cana 

3) Dominican Republic, Punta Cana: Melia Caribe Tropical 

4) Dominican Republic, Punta Cana: Moon Palace Casino, Golf & Spa Resort 

5) Dominican Republic, Punta Cana: Barcelo Bavaro Family Deluxe 

6)Negril, Jamaica: Beaches Negril Resort & Spa 

7) Ocho Rios, Jamaica: Beaches Boscobel Beach & Golf Club 

8) Ocho Rios, Jamaica: Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa 

9) Turks & Caicos: Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa 

All of the resorts listed above are All-Inclusive which means, your price will include: your hotel stay, all meals, all drinks, all non-motorized water sports, all supervised kid club activities, and so much more. 

We would be more than happy to go over the details of each resort with you to match you and your family to the resort that is perfect for you. 

Me and the Cookie Monster at Beaches Turks & Caicos

Give us a call today to book your vacation escape for your family at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com 

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Destination Wedding Spotlight: St. Lucia

Bay Gardens Beach Resort Wedding on the Beach

Come to St. Lucia and it will not take you long to see why the island became known as the Helen of the West Indies – and why the French and British empires spent almost two centuries fighting to possess her. The island’s French legacy can still be heard in the local patois, seen int he many Gallic place-names and enjoyed in the irrestistible French Creole cuisine to be found in hotels, restaurants and bistros.

St. Lucia is large enough to provide visitors with breathtaking contrasts and small enough to ensure that those who want to laze their days away in peace and quiet can do just that. The climate on the island is tropical with temperatures ranging from 70 – 90 Fahrenheit. The rainy season is June – November, but don’t expect a constant downpour; rather, there are numerous short but incredibly intense showers. Trade winds provide breezes year-round, regardless of the season.Perfect for a day at the beach!

You’ll see banana and cocoa plantations, the crater of a dormant volcano, bubbling sulphur springs, mineral springs where visitors can bathe, 18th century forts and sleepy coastal villages. And could you really leave St. Lucia without seeing the Pitons, the massive twin volcanic cones that have become the island’s signature image? Lovers will search out secluded beaches, night-owls will find entertainment in the hotels, and bars, and yacht crews will find dozens of safe harbors, from small coves to an 83-acre marina and the large natural harbor, once the world’s 14th busiest port, which is overlooked by Castries, the lively capital town where French Creole houses can still be seen. Divers, snorkelers, hikers and golfers will all find happiness on St. Lucia.

St. Lucia is the perfect destination for Caribbean weddings and honeymoons. The natural beauty of this Caribbean tropical island seems to have been created for romantics. Palm fringed beaches, elegant old plantation houses, the soft tropical air, hypnotic steel band music, the tantalizing aroma of the cuisine all combined to make weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries popular on St. Lucia. St Lucia offers you the freedom of having your wedding just the way you want it. Wonderful climate, astounding beauty and friendly islanders make St. Lucia simply perfect, Simply Beautiful for your special wedding day.

Here is a list of the documents that you need to obtain a marriage license in St. Lucia:

* Valid Passport & Original Birth Certificate

* Divorce Decree Absolute (if one of the parties is divorced)

* In the case of a widow/widower a Death Certificate of first spouse is required

* If a name has been changed, a Deed Poll is required

* If one of the parties is under the age of 18, evidence of a consent of parents is required in the form of a sworn affidavit stamped by a Notary Public

* Residency requirement of 2 business days unless an express fee is paid

* If any required documents are not in English, an authenticated translation must be available

Now is the time to all Carter Elite Travel to assist in making your Destination Wedding/Honeymoon come true. We are Certified Destination Wedding and Honeymoons Specialists and truly enjoy assisting our couples to make their dreams come true.

Call one of our Romance Experts to get started at 310-722-3099 or send a email to DW@carterelitetravel.com!

Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Specialist

Bermuda

Bermuda

Luxury and history, tranquility and hospitality, sunshine and good times, pink-sand beaches and great golf, and a carefree lifestyle that defines the planet’s most desirable vacation spots – Bermuda has it all!

When people think of Bermuda, they picture cricket matches, pink-sand beaches, afternoon teas, and genteel hospitality with spectacular ocean views. Well, they’re right, but it’s also much more!

The perfect skies, the horse-driven carriages, the aroma of gourmet cuisine and flowering bougainvilleas mingling in the air – this too is Bermuda, where there’s good cheer and a warm welcome around every corner.

One of the last remnants of the once-vast British colonial empire in North America, Bermuda is suffused with an ambience like no other island on the planet. An unmistakable British influence is readily apparent in Hamilton’s colonial architecture, English pubs, perfectly manicured gardens, and quaint shops where Wedgwood china, crystal, English cashmere, wool, and Irish linens headline the offerings.

Outside of the towns, there are nine world-class golf courses in Bermuda – the highest concentration in the world – designed by such legendary architects as Robert Trent Jones and Ted Robinson. These reside among lush landscapes, nature reserves, caves that are ideal for spelunking, and some of the planet’s most celebrated beaches. Offshore, there are ample spots for scuba diving among the reefs, more than 400 shipwrecks, and the Atlantic Ocean’s best undersea visibility.

After a day of play, satisfy your gourmet tendencies at any of the more than 150 restaurants on the island. Then go pub-crawling and club-hopping on Hamilton’s Front Street or the Royal Naval Dockyard ’til dawn.

Discovering your own piece of paradise is easy in beautiful Bermuda!

Some of our suggestions:

* 9 Beaches

* Surf Side Bermuda

* CoCo Reef Bermuda

* Cambridge Beaches

Give us a call today to book your vacation escape to Bermuda at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Caribbean

The Brimstone Hill Fortess in St. Kitts

Cuba: Cuba has the lion’s share of UNESCO heritage sites with eight cultural and historic sites. 

Dominican Republic: The colonial town of Santo Domingo, founded by Christopher Columbus in 1498. 

Haiti: The National History Park comprising the ruins of The Citadel, San Souci and Ramiers are monuments to independence, which was declared in 1803. 

Dominica: On this rugged and mountainous island, The Morne Trois Pitons National Park was established in 1975. It’s name means “Mountains of the Three Peaks.” 

St. Lucia: The Pitons. These dual volcanic cones are located on the southwestern coast of the island. The highest Gros Piton looms over the town of Soufriene, and its black sand beach. 

San Juan, Puerto Rico: The enormous fortifications at La Forteleza and El Morro are part of the US National Historic site in Old San Juan. 

Curacao: Founded in 1634, the city of Willemstad is the most historic in the Netherlands Antilles. It features superb Dutch architecture situated along a deep water bay. 

St. Kitts: The Brimstone Hill Fortess, called “The Gibraltar of the West Indies”, stands high on a promontory overlooking the Caribbean Sea. 

Bermuda: The Town of St. George, founded in 1612, is an outstanding example of the earliest English urban settlement in the New World. 

Belize: The longest barrier reef in the Americas. 

When you are ready to travel to any of the wonderful Caribbean islands listed above, just give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

Oaxaca

Oaxaca Spa in Mexico

A New World settlement that’s fetchingly frozen in time, Oaxaca retains the character of the “real” Mexico and is home to a very friendly community sheltered by the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains. Charming and tranquil, Oaxaca is a marvelous place to unwind and restore the mind and body. 

History tells its tale with vigor at Oaxaca, and its modern achievements in art and culinary distinction rival past accomplishments. Several museums, excellent dining with flavors unique to the area, and original handicraft shops satisfy discriminating tastes. 

The narrow streets of the old inner city are lined with beautiful churches, museums, and pastel-colored houses that open a window onto Oaxaca’s past. Replete with historical treasures, the entire city has been named a World Heritage Site. 

Descendants of the Zapotec, Mixtec, and Olmec – ancient peoples who left behind a remarkable testimony to their highly advanced civilizations – mingle with Spanish descendants in a vibrant fusion of ancestries. Baroque churches stand alongside mysterious ruins to create the striking contrasts of a world where colonial architecture co-exists with indigenous designs. 

In addition to their famous hospitality, Oaxacans are internationally renowned for their black pottery, wool rugs, and sculpture. Galleries abound and you can even purchase replicas of pre-Columbian jewelry, crafted in gold and silver, similar to those found at Oaxaca’s archeological sites. 

The best qualities of its native and Spanish inhabitants, a sheltered valley location, exquisite crafts, and enduring traditions combine to make Oaxaca a quintessential example of colonial Mexico. 

Some of our suggestions: 

1) Camino Real Oaxaca 

2) Fiesta Inn Oaxaca 

3) Hotel Victoria 

Give us a call today to book your vacation escape to Oaxaca at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com 

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